By Sab Osuji:
El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri have issued a threat to withdraw from the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, if the authorities remain adamant on forcing the club play at an unconducive makeshift home ground, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The club claim that they are passing through huge financial difficulties in their adopted home ground, Karkanda stadium, Katsina, and have written to NPFL to move their home games back to Maiduguri, claiming there is relative peace now in the North East state.
“We’ve written to NPFL informing them that we want to relocate to Maiduguri now that there is relative peace in Maiduguri with life back to near normalcy there,” states Prince Anthony Obaseki, Media Manager of the club.
“Just last week when we played Enyimba, we spent over N1million to accommodate our players and spent another N100, 000 to hire Karkanda Stadium.
“The club is facing financial strangulation especially given the fact we don’t realize anything from gate-takings.
“It has gotten to a point we cannot bear any longer and we’ve decided to pull out of the league if NPFL does not sanction our relocation to Maiduguri.
“Since we wrote to them, we’ve not gotten their reply. So after our match this weekend in Lagos against MFM, and nothing positive comes from LMC as regards our request, we’ll have no alternative than to pull out,” Obaseki stressed.
Completesportsnigeria.com understands that El-Kanemi Warriors were moved out of Maiduguri following outbreak of unrest in the North East which made clubs to fear traveling to Maiduguri to honour League fixtures.
At the moment, it is not yet clear if security in that area is enough to allow football matches to be played. Maiduguri is seen as the hotbed of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.